Nov 28, 2020  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021

Petroleum Engineering – Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Hedco Building 316
(213) 740-0322
FAX: (213) 740-0324


Chair: Andrea Hodge, PhD

Associate Chair, Graduate Program: Noah Malmstadt, PhD

Director: Iraj Ershaghi, PhD, PE


Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean's Chair in Engineering and Chester F. Dolley Chair in Petroleum Engineering: Yannis C. Yortsos, PhD

Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering: Iraj Ershaghi, PhD, PE

William M. Keck Professor of Energy Resources: Donald M. Paul, PhD

Associate Professors: Behnam Jafarpour, PhD; Kristian Jessen, PhD

Assistant Professor: Birendra Jha, PhD

Research Professor: Fred Aminzadeh, PhD

Associate Professor of Practice: Jincai Chang, PhD

Adjunct Research Professor: Dongxiao Zhang, PhD

Adjunct Professor: Faruk Civan, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professors: Davood Khairkhah, PhD; Andrei Popa, PhD

Lecturers: Robello Samuel, PhD; Donald Gautier, PhD; Martin Karrenbach, PhD; Bradford Pierce, MS;  Ke-Thia Yao, PhD

Joint Appointments: Edward Crandall, PhD, MD (Medicine); P. Daniel Dapkus, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Stacey Finley, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Martin Gundersen, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Qiang Huang, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Jerry S.H. Lee, PhD (Medicine); Grace Lu, PhD (Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering); Brent Merlot, PhD (Chemistry); Aiichiro Nakano, PhD (Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering); George Olah, PhD (Chemistry); Charles G. Sammis, PhD (Geological Sciences); Raymond Stevens, PhD (Biological Sciences and Chemistry); Armand R. Tanguay Jr., PhD (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering); Mark E. Thompson, PhD (Chemistry); Han Wan, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Arieh Warshel, PhD (Chemistry); Chongwu Zhou, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Emeritus Professors: George Chillingar,PhD; Elmer L. Dougherty, PhD; Murray Gershenzon, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Peter Will, PhD (Astronautical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Petroleum Engineering Honor Society: Pi Epsilon Tau

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Emphasis in Petroleum Engineering

See the listing under Chemical Engineering .

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Emphasis in Petroleum Engineering

See the listing under Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering .

Engineer in Petroleum Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer degree in petroleum engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. See general requirements  for graduate degrees.



Master's Degree

Graduate Certificate

Dual Degree

Doctoral Degree


Petroleum Engineering